Simple brush movements, cowboy acoustics, tremoring electric guitars and dreamy harmonies. Often compared to the Everly Brothers, an old-time country and rock sound pours out of these brothers, Page Burkum & Jack Torrey (stage name). Coming from the twin cities, The Cactus Blossoms started out by playing weekly gigs covering odd country songs. Overtime, they developed a set of their own originals that could have been perfect for a tour with Johnny Cash in the 1960’s. As they put it, “We weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own.”
They have definitely come a long way since those club days. The brothers caught the attention of JD McPherson when they opened up for him one night. This led to an offer from him to produce their next album, You’re Dreaming. The record, released early this year, is one of the most pleasing & pure sounding records I’ve heard in a while. The simple and classic instrumentation, which was recorded mostly live as they boys sang, holds the group to it’s roots, while the clever lyrics write charming and colorful stories. Good music, done right.
You can catch The Cactus Blossoms tonight on their fifth day of tour as they take the stage over at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live. If you can’t make that show, well then you can always enjoy their performance from KUTX’s very own Studio 1A.
– Will Maxwell